LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Freshman forward Alisha Bass netted two goals to power the University of Wyoming women's soccer team to a dominant 4-0 Mountain West victory over Nevada on Friday afternoon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. The victory was the largest for the Cowgirls (3-5-1, 1-0-0 MW) since a 5-1 win at Air Force on Oct. 29, 2011.
"I think this win was a huge confidence builder for us," UW head coach Pete Cuadrado said. "It's nice to be home and get the win, especially after all the adversity on the road and being so close in past matches. Sunday's match will be tough against UNLV. They have a great record and coaching staff but if we play like we did today it's going to be a great game."
Bass notched the goals in the 8th and 18th minutes to find the back of the net for the second and third time this season. Both were putbacks off saves from the Nevada goalkeeper on free kicks. UW quickly built on its 2-0 halftime lead when freshman forward Kaitlyn Lomsnes received a pass from redshirt freshman defender Katie Marcheso and buried the ball in the lower left-hand corner of the goal in the 51st minute. Just seven minutes later senior defender Alison Clarke took a free kick that found senior defender Kasey Curtis' head and subsequently the back of the net to top off the scoring.
Clarke tallied three shots for the Wyoming offense on the day and directed three on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree had three saves for the Cowgirls in the first half, before giving way to senior Alex Boehm who had four saves in the second half. The two also combined to shutout Northern Colorado in Wyoming's last game and have not allowed a goal in the last 200 minutes of play. Wyoming earned a 14-12 margin in shots, including 10-7 in shots on goal, but trailed 12-3 in corner kicks after Nevada pushed in the second half.
Wyoming continues its homestand Sunday against UNLV at 1 p.m. MT. The first 200 fans will receive a WYO frisbee.